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2012-10-11 03:40:32 PM
Carroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird, is 78 years old. Can you imagine the angst when he dies?
 
2012-10-11 03:40:42 PM

d23: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.

$314,072 is part of the 'one percent'?

Not in 2008 or 2009. Top 5%

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source

And if, by 2012 reckoning, she is in the 1% now, it's because GWB caused people's real wages to go on the down slope.


Nice try.
The number of $314k is only the income from one source.

Look at the IRS numbers for the amount of investment income people at that income level generally claim.
 
2012-10-11 03:40:51 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.

$314,072 is part of the 'one percent'?


Close, but not *QUITE*. That salary would put him in the top 3% of earners in the United States.
 
2012-10-11 03:40:59 PM
Let's say someone purchased WarOnBigbird.com

What might that person do with it?

*cough*
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-10-11 03:41:09 PM

Anarchangel: It's beyond stupid that this is even being talked about when we have drone assassinations, recent flareups in the middle east, police departments becoming militarized, rising corporate profits and executive pay with stagnant or falling worker wages, Fukushima belching out tens of thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean every day, expanded federal powers via the Patriot Act's extension/expansion and NDAA's indefinite detention language, no actual criminals on Wall St. being charged or arrested while thousands of protesters have been beaten and arrested for exercising their first amendment rights (and, of course, the continued wiping of the proverbial ass with the Constitution by the executive branch)...


Corporate oligarchy should of been on the agenda since the Clinton reelection cycle. It's not mentioned in the debates YET AGAIN.

Give the farking debates back to the league of women voters.. please.
 
2012-10-11 03:43:55 PM

Krymson Tyde: Subby, you're am idiot and should kill yourself.


Why should people with whom you disagree kill themselves? I'm with you on the idiot part, but even that is subjective.

I checked your fark profile and you seem like an otherwise cool guy. You even quote from the Buddha, a very interesting thing (and a particularly wise quotation). So, was your suggestion that subby should kill himself just an attempt at humor? You can do better than that. Quality humor is much recognized and rewarded here at fark. Humor does not have to be mean, and the good stuff never is.

You and I might not agree about everything, but I do wish you a long and happy life. And you got a cute kid there. I hope you child has a long and happy life too. And just one more thing... Please, please, please do not kill yourself.
 
2012-10-11 03:44:48 PM
I was going to say what the hell $50M/year to make Sesame Street but then when you start paying $300K for a guy in a chicken suit it starts to make sense
 
2012-10-11 03:46:41 PM
British concern troll sounds concerned.
 
2012-10-11 03:46:56 PM

newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]


I just have to ask, so?
 
2012-10-11 03:46:57 PM

Anarchangel: The only reason why these stupid talking points are being used is because some out-of-touch multimillionaire associated PBS' public funding with Big Bird because he probably has no idea who actually owns the rights to Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street characters.


He does know that PBS is the media outlet by which Sesame Street is broadcast, which is close enough.
 
2012-10-11 03:48:08 PM

newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]


Since you went there with imaginary figures...how much is your ability to sleep at night safe from the threat of terrorism, nuclear missiles, bio-chemical attacks, and such by foreign entities worth?

Bet these people wish Roosevelt had spent more on defense:

www.pearl-harbor.com

Oh and...if you knew how little of its total revenues that Sesame Street actually gets from the Federal government, you'd be drinking a nice fresh, hot cup of STFU about right now.
 
2012-10-11 03:48:21 PM

Anarchangel: I love how people associate Big Bird, who is owned by Jim Henson Productions and Sesame Workshop, with PBS, which is a separately-owned television station that airs Sesame Street episodes.

PBS doesn't own Sesame Street. The only reason why these stupid talking points are being used is because some out-of-touch multimillionaire associated PBS' public funding with Big Bird because he probably has no idea who actually owns the rights to Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street characters.

It's beyond stupid that this is even being talked about when we have drone assassinations, recent flareups in the middle east, police departments becoming militarized, rising corporate profits and executive pay with stagnant or falling worker wages, Fukushima belching out tens of thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean every day, expanded federal powers via the Patriot Act's extension/expansion and NDAA's indefinite detention language, no actual criminals on Wall St. being charged or arrested while thousands of protesters have been beaten and arrested for exercising their first amendment rights (and, of course, the continued wiping of the proverbial ass with the Constitution by the executive branch)...

Hell, the debate over whether Honey farking Boo Boo is exploitation or legitimate reality entertainment has more going for it than this Big Bird shiat.


Let them be.
It is the best they got.

In the least weeks of the election, the undecideds and independents will look at all the things you mentioned and also shake their heads about why the President keeps talking about Big Bird.
 
2012-10-11 03:48:44 PM

ChipNASA: /they got the brown one right.
//it's like they can see the future.


What's funny is people recycling South Park jokes.

Yeah, we saw that episode too. You're not funny like they are. You're just lame.
 
2012-10-11 03:50:16 PM
it's not about Wall St. it's about Sesame St.

this is what Obama's ad sez. and i believe it. fire this asshole
 
2012-10-11 03:50:40 PM
Am I the only one who is tired of the big bird meme?
 
2012-10-11 03:51:01 PM
"If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things." 

Like Big Bird
 
2012-10-11 03:54:19 PM

Anarchangel: The only reason why these stupid talking points are being used is because some out-of-touch multimillionaire associated PBS' public funding with Big Bird because he probably has no idea who actually owns the rights to Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street characters.


It does make sense.

Romney never said he would fire him or cut Big Bird's funding because he knew better. 0bama didn't because as you mentioned he is out of touch.

Multimillionaire 0bama is out-of-touch because he does not understand business and he is too busy campaigning and lying on Letterman and in front of the UN to really understand what is going on.
 
2012-10-11 03:54:50 PM

hdhale: Since you went there with imaginary figures...how much is your ability to sleep at night safe from the threat of terrorism, nuclear missiles, bio-chemical attacks, and such by foreign entities worth?

Bet these people wish Roosevelt had spent more on defense:

www.pearl-harbor.com


Having the largest navy in the world doesn't make a lick of difference if people are asleep at the radar set.
 
2012-10-11 03:55:17 PM

newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]


and yet mitt promises to build a dozen new ships a year and a bunch of new subs and increase our budget by another 15-20%. At what points are we "safe enough"? I mean do we have to spend triple the amount of the rest of the world combined to feel safe?

/sick of militarism
/sick of people who think a bigger military makes you safer from people who don't/won't fight you with a military
 
2012-10-11 03:55:38 PM

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: Let's say someone purchased WarOnBigbird.com

What might that person do with it?

*cough*


That domain was recently registered. You?
 
2012-10-11 03:55:44 PM

machoprogrammer: Am I the only one who is tired of the big bird meme?


No. I think it is great.

Funny to see that it is the best 0bama can do.
 
2012-10-11 03:56:37 PM

machoprogrammer: Am I the only one who is tired of the big bird meme?


Actually Sesame Street has already told both the Obama camp and the Romney camp to stop using its copyrighted images in their ads and find something else to argue about.
 
2012-10-11 03:57:06 PM

hdhale: newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]

Since you went there with imaginary figures...how much is your ability to sleep at night safe from the threat of terrorism, nuclear missiles, bio-chemical attacks, and such by foreign entities worth?

Bet these people wish Roosevelt had spent more on defense:


Oh and...if you knew how little of its total revenues that Sesame Street actually gets from the Federal government, you'd be drinking a nice fresh, hot cup of STFU about right now.


Take a step away from the computer, take a big breath, just calm down.

Get some help. Please, for the ones who love you.
 
2012-10-11 03:57:20 PM

newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]


Google Chrome funds the military?
 
2012-10-11 03:59:03 PM

Anarchangel: I love how people associate Big Bird, who is owned by Jim Henson Productions and Sesame Workshop, with PBS, which is a separately-owned television station that airs Sesame Street episodes.

PBS doesn't own Sesame Street. The only reason why these stupid talking points are being used is because some out-of-touch multimillionaire associated PBS' public funding with Big Bird because he probably has no idea who actually owns the rights to Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street characters.

It's beyond stupid that this is even being talked about when we have drone assassinations, recent flareups in the middle east, police departments becoming militarized, rising corporate profits and executive pay with stagnant or falling worker wages, Fukushima belching out tens of thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean every day, expanded federal powers via the Patriot Act's extension/expansion and NDAA's indefinite detention language, no actual criminals on Wall St. being charged or arrested while thousands of protesters have been beaten and arrested for exercising their first amendment rights (and, of course, the continued wiping of the proverbial ass with the Constitution by the executive branch)...

Hell, the debate over whether Honey farking Boo Boo is exploitation or legitimate reality entertainment has more going for it than this Big Bird shiat.


R's and D's have a plan. (a joint plan) Part of it includes to scream about things that have no hope of compromise in order to distract the public from the stuff you mentioned above that we should worry about.

It's been working for decades because we keep sending almost exclusively R's and D's to congress.
 
2012-10-11 03:59:11 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: machoprogrammer: Am I the only one who is tired of the big bird meme?

No. I think it is great.

Funny to see that it is the best 0bama can do.


Well, it is the only detail from Romney's plan that has thus far been revealed, so you make do with what you get...
 
2012-10-11 04:00:09 PM

Lando Lincoln: ChipNASA: /they got the brown one right.
//it's like they can see the future.

What's funny is people recycling South Park jokes.

Yeah, we saw that episode too. You're not funny like they are. You're just lame.


November 7th is going to suck for you, huh Bro.???
 
2012-10-11 04:00:23 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: Let's say someone purchased WarOnBigbird.com

What might that person do with it?

*cough*

That domain was recently registered. You?


I' m... Asking for a friend?
 
2012-10-11 04:01:13 PM

dittybopper: James!: That's a lie.

That's his other meme.


The attempts to invoke some twisted Liar's Paradox for Romney are just precious. "Everything Obama says about Romney is a lie, therefore everything Romney says is true, facts be damned."
 
2012-10-11 04:02:01 PM

machoprogrammer: Am I the only one who is tired of the big bird meme?


Could be worse, it could have been an Inappropriate Touching Elmo meme.
 
2012-10-11 04:02:58 PM

you have pee hands: hdhale: Since you went there with imaginary figures...how much is your ability to sleep at night safe from the threat of terrorism, nuclear missiles, bio-chemical attacks, and such by foreign entities worth?

Bet these people wish Roosevelt had spent more on defense:

www.pearl-harbor.com

Having the largest navy in the world doesn't make a lick of difference if people are asleep at the radar set.


Well trained and prepared people + hardware = the ability to kick ass and take names...always has.

The US armed forces in early 1941 spent very little money on either one. We can never go back there. If war moved fast in 1941, it moves much faster now.
 
2012-10-11 04:03:07 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Where did anyone say that SS needs to be cut?


Sorry, lying out your asshole only works for Mitt Romney during a debate in which he says he would cut PBS.

You, sir, are no Mitt Romney. And whoever pays you to troll this site so thoroughly would probably prefer you remember that.
 
2012-10-11 04:04:10 PM
Republicans will not rest until every person who does not own a private equity firm, an oil well or sit in a CEO's chair is making less than the current minimum wage. And then they will lower the minimum wage. They are outraged that people are paid money for doing things and sometimes want more money to afford things. Like (use sneering condescension) food, housing, healthcare.
 
2012-10-11 04:05:13 PM
Sounds to me like The Count is a lousy CPA.
Big Bird needs someone who knows how to make compensation look like "carried interest".
 
2012-10-11 04:10:39 PM
Fact: Sesame LLC gets its money from a lot of sources. It gets $1-2M directly from PBS, It also gets a fee from every PBS station that carries Sesame Street. All national/regional programs on PBS are paid for in this manner. The fee is based upon the population served by the station e.g. WNET in NY pays a whole lot while KCPT in Kansas City pays less and the little stations out in western Nebraska pay very little. My local station pays about $350k a year of Sesame Street and $300k for Fresh Air. Roughly a third of my local station's funding comes from governmental sources (mostly CPB) with the remainder coming from business grants and viewer donations.

So if a third of the money disappeared do you think content would be cut? Would Sesame Street get deleted to save money? So yes, a loss of CPB money would close most small/medium PBS stations and cause budget cuts at better funded stations. That means less money for content creators like Sesame LLC - which might potentially take Big Bird off the air in a long term decline. Remember, Sesame LLC loses money. The products would still exist, but the show might not.
 
2012-10-11 04:11:52 PM

hdhale: Well trained and prepared people + hardware = the ability to kick ass and take names...always has.

The US armed forces in early 1941 spent very little money on either one. We can never go back there. If war moved fast in 1941, it moves much faster now.


In 1941 we followed a diplomatic course of action that made attack very likely and ignored every indication that it was coming. That's not a problem you can solve by throwing money at it. We are currently, as we've been for the last 70 years, very well prepared to fight past wars.
 
2012-10-11 04:12:10 PM

you have pee hands: Having the largest navy in the world doesn't make a lick of difference if people are asleep at the radar set.


Actually, they weren't asleep. Radar detected the incoming raid approximately an hour before the bombs started falling. The two privates manning it reported it up the chain of command, and that's where the breakdown was.
 
2012-10-11 04:14:03 PM

neenerist: dittybopper: James!: That's a lie.

That's his other meme.

The attempts to invoke some twisted Liar's Paradox for Romney are just precious. "Everything Obama says about Romney is a lie, therefore everything Romney says is true, facts be damned."


Actually, I was mistaken. I just checked the transcript, and it was indeed Romney who mentioned Big Bird.

Of course, that doesn't change the fact that the Obama campaign latched onto that for about a week.
 
2012-10-11 04:15:34 PM

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: BarkingUnicorn: Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: Let's say someone purchased WarOnBigbird.com

What might that person do with it?

*cough*

That domain was recently registered. You?

I' m... Asking for a friend?


The issue is almost past. It was a meme, and they tend to die. You would have been better exploiting it on Twitter.
 
2012-10-11 04:16:10 PM

rockforever: hdhale: newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]

Since you went there with imaginary figures...how much is your ability to sleep at night safe from the threat of terrorism, nuclear missiles, bio-chemical attacks, and such by foreign entities worth?

Bet these people wish Roosevelt had spent more on defense:


Oh and...if you knew how little of its total revenues that Sesame Street actually gets from the Federal government, you'd be drinking a nice fresh, hot cup of STFU about right now.

Take a step away from the computer, take a big breath, just calm down.

Get some help. Please, for the ones who love you.


Oh I get it, you're wrong on the facts, wrong on your opinions, so the other guy must be insane...or a Nazi, likely both.

"The $445 million appropriated by Congress for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2012 amounts to less than 18 percent of the estimated budget for the whole of America's system of public TV and radio. In the case of the hugely popular Sesame Workshop, for instance, less than 8 percent of the yearly budget of $170 million comes from governmental sources, with the great bulk supplied by licensing agreements that produce toys and games and stuffed animals featuring all those beloved characters." 

So Romney cuts funding to Big Bird. Big Bird has to go sign a deal with say...Wendy's..who is marketing a healthy option meal for kids that includes a toy. Big Bird is still on the air. Crisis averted.

You want to make a big deal out of Big Bird simply because you have nothing to make a big deal about. Your man Barry did a poor job. Not an impeachable offense poor job, but he got a 'D'. Time to move on. Get a better woman/man for the job next time and see you in 2016.
 
2012-10-11 04:16:14 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Where did anyone say that SS needs to be cut?


Quite frankly, I think we should completely cut off all funding to the SS. I mean, you know those Nazi bastards are the ones that ran the concentration camps, right?
 
2012-10-11 04:16:51 PM

newton: Wow, yeah that's where our money is being wasted...
Damn you Big Bird!
[i.huffpost.com image 536x1500]


Much of that money goes toward paying American workers in manufacturing and in the military. The real problem is after these guys go to Afghanistan and get their legs blown off, they are non-participatory or ineffective in the work force, and we have to support them for the rest of their lives.
 
2012-10-11 04:18:46 PM
This guy was around in the beginning of Sesame Street. Is there any possibility he has part ownership of the character copyright or trademark and that's where some of this money comes?
 
2012-10-11 04:19:51 PM

EVERYBODY PANIC: Krymson Tyde: Subby, you're am idiot and should kill yourself.

Why should people with whom you disagree kill themselves? I'm with you on the idiot part, but even that is subjective.

I checked your fark profile and you seem like an otherwise cool guy. You even quote from the Buddha, a very interesting thing (and a particularly wise quotation). So, was your suggestion that subby should kill himself just an attempt at humor? You can do better than that. Quality humor is much recognized and rewarded here at fark. Humor does not have to be mean, and the good stuff never is.

You and I might not agree about everything, but I do wish you a long and happy life. And you got a cute kid there. I hope you child has a long and happy life too. And just one more thing... Please, please, please do not kill yourself.


It was a joke. A joke in bad taste, but still a joke.
 
2012-10-11 04:21:08 PM

d23: And if, by 2012 reckoning, she is in the 1% now, it's because GWB caused people's real wages to go on the down slope.


Uh, Caroll Spinney's a guy.
 
2012-10-11 04:23:33 PM

hdhale: The US armed forces in early 1941 spent very little money on either one. We can never go back there. If war moved fast in 1941, it moves much faster now.


You would be wrong.

The US spent 2-3% of GDP on the military in 1940 - before WW2.
The US spent 2.8% of GDP on the military in the year 2000.
We are at 4% now.

And I think the 1940 military did all right. The existing US navy may have gotten sacked at Pearl, but the ships and planes that won the battles of Coral Sea and Midway were in service before the war began. So the pre-war military got us through the turning-point of the war in the Pacific.
 
2012-10-11 04:24:26 PM
Also, you have to know your industries. In the TV industry, $314,000 per year is kinda low for a performer.

However, he is still making more money after taxes (even Obama's mythical raised ones) than you (the average Republican "hard worker") did in five years before taxes. Yet you'll gladly pay more taxes so he can pay less*. Why?

/* That is, of course, if you actually care about the deficit. But we already know you only care about it when a Democrat is in office.
 
2012-10-11 04:25:26 PM

dittybopper: Actually, they weren't asleep. Radar detected the incoming raid approximately an hour before the bombs started falling. The two privates manning it reported it up the chain of command, and that's where the breakdown was.


Yes, they were only metaphorically asleep. The US was fairly certain at higher levels that an attack would come somewhere within the week but the services were not on high alert. My point is you can't make up for communications problems and bad intelligence by throwing money at the problem. Even on December 6th the US had what it judged to be a much more powerful navy than Japan because they didn't understand that the next naval war would be won and lost with aircraft carriers and submarines rather than dreadnaughts.
 
2012-10-11 04:26:26 PM

James!: Sesame workshop is a non-profit that pays for itself.  
 
It's so frustrating when people refuse to fact check the simplest things.


So why does it need money from the government?
 
2012-10-11 04:28:39 PM

hdhale: rockforever:
You want to make a big deal out of Big Bird simply because you have nothing to make a big deal about. Your man Barry did a poor job. Not an impeachable offense poor job, but he got a 'D'. Time to move on. Get a better woman/man for the job next time and see you in 2016.


Awfully cocky after winning one whole debate, and only doing that by your guy lying through his teeth. But who cares about honesty or helping the nation as long as your guy wins, amirite?
 
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